The DA says that reports that ANC Mayoral Candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, Danny Jordaan, has hired top lawyers confirms he has a serious corruption case to answer relating to the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
News24 reported that South Africa’s soccer boss this week hired top lawyers to defend himself in a corruption probe undertaken by the FBI.
The probe was initiated following the confirmation that South African officials were involved in paying a $10 million bribe to secure the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the DA said.
“To date, Danny Jordaan has denied his involvement in this corruption scandal, despite a letter, dated 10 December 2007, proving that he directly authorised and signed off this payment.
“Danny Jordaan has not been forthcoming in this regard. It is now crystal clear that he does have a corruption case against him, and he has been misleading the South African public in general, and the people of Nelson Mandela Bay in particular,” said DA National Spokesperson, Phumzile Van Damme.
The DA called on Jordaan to make an urgent public statement, and tell the truth about his involvement in the scandal.
In the wake of the FIFA scandal, Jordaan has admitted agreeing to a $10 million payment to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) for its so-called African Diaspora Legacy Fund, News24 said.
According to the FBI, the payment amounted to a bribe by South Africa to “buy” Concacaf’s three votes for hosting the 2010 tournament.
News24 reported that Jordaan’s local lawyers have also hired top New York-based law firm Arnold & Porter to assist during the FBI probe of FIFA.
Jordaan’s office was sent questions by News24, but did not respond.
The DA said it will demand an update from the South African Police Service into their own investigation into the matter. “This follows the DA’s laying of criminal charges against Danny Jordaan, given the prima facie evidence which existed in the public domain. Despite these charges being laid last year, no action has been forthcoming. SAPS must now act and fully cooperate with international investigations,” Van Damme said.